Aaron, Hank DENVER-Hank Aaron is being honored as if the Major League Baseball All-Star Game were being held in Atlanta. During Monday's practices at Coors Field, coaches, pitchers, and position players donned uniforms with the number 44 in tribute of the Hall of Famer and Braves legend who died in January.
The players will wear the numbers during Tuesday's game against Colorado with the aim of raising funds for the Aaron Foundation, which aims to improve communities by investing in local schools and charitable organizations.
A record crowd is expected to attend the Midsummer Classic with television viewers across America watching on ESPN or MLB Network.
Hank Aaron was born on July 4th, 1935 in Savannah, Georgia and he played first base for the Milwaukee Braves from 1955-1967. He is considered one of the greatest hitters in baseball history with many records still standing today. His 755 career home runs are second only to Babe Ruth's 99th century mark.
After his playing days were over, Aaron went on to become the most prolific home run hitter of all time with 593 more blasts adding to his reputation. He died in January 2019 at the age of 65 after suffering from dementia due to multiple traumatic brain injuries he received while playing ball.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Aaron Foundation, 1495 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 800, Atlanta, GA 30309.
All have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and their uniform numbers will never be used again. After the 1976 season, "Hammerin' Hank" had his famed No. 44 retired. Hank Aaron played for the Milwaukee Braves from 1954 through 1965, then the Brewers from 1975 to 1976. He was the first player in history to have his number retired by both teams.
In addition to Aaron, other members of the Hall of Fame with Brewers connections include Robin Roberts (1951-1952), Jim Thorpe (1890-1891), George Sisler (1923-1924), Mel Ott (1925-1926), Billy Herman (1931-1932), Paul Molitor (1985-1986), and Dale Murphy (1990-1991).
Murphy was the only Brewer not to wear No. 24 because it had been given to Brett Butler when he joined the team in 1990 after playing eight seasons with the Oakland Athletics. The number was later taken off the shelf and has never been worn again.
The Brewers originally wore uniforms with "Budweiser" across the chest until 1958, when they changed their logo at the same time as the Atlanta Braves.
During their stay in Milwaukee, the Braves had two basic uniform designs, both of which are being worn by the team today. Their jerseys featured a tomahawk over the chest beneath the Braves script, a design Aaron sported during his MVP season and sole World Series victory in 1957.
Aaron did wear the number "5" for a brief amount of time during his first season. Many Aaron bats were stolen from the locker room or handed away during the early 1970s due to his attack on Ruth's home run record.
Hank Aaron wore jersey number 44 with the Atlanta Braves. He was born on this day in 1930.
44 for the 2021 season in honor of Atlanta legend Hank Aaron. Aaron died on Friday at the age of 86. He played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1954-76, including 21 as a member of the Braves organization. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.
In addition to being one of baseball's greatest hitters, Aaron was also famous for his batting helmet with "No. 0" on the front of it. The number came from his jersey number while playing for Montreal in the minor leagues. When he got to Milwaukee during the summer months, Aaron would often take off his helmet so fans could see his long, flowing dreadlocks.
He is considered by many to be the best hitter in baseball history. Only two other players have hit more than 300 home runs in their careers: Alex Rodriguez and Roger Maris.
Aaron broke Babe Ruth's record of 714 career homers before Mark McGwire broke it in 1998.
The ballpark that hosts him now stands as much for its history as it does as a place where fans can enjoy a game today. Built in 1966, Braves Park is one of the oldest stadiums in the league. It used to be known as Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium until 1992 when the city changed the name if it after years of controversy surrounding the nickname "Braves Park".
Robinson, Jackie Every year, Major League Baseball commemorates Jackie Robinson Day. His universally retired number 42 is worn by both black and white players. The New York Yankees made a point of commemorating Robinson's life, but they were off on April 15. Nonetheless, they declared on Twitter that they will commemorate him on Friday.
Yankee 42 was the number used by Robinson when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He had no idea at the time that it would become an inspiration for other black athletes who followed in his footsteps.
Robinson's first season was cut short when he broke his leg while running out a double play. However, he still managed to hit.284 with 12 home runs and 78 RBIs in 95 games. The following season, he became the first black player in MLB history to start a game at second base. He also led the league in hits with 233 and was second in doubles with 51. In 1949, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
After his death in 1972, his wife Vesta requested that his number be given to another black athlete so that he could continue to inspire future generations.
Vesta Robinson died in 1982 and her husband's number has been worn by several baseball players since then. Most recently, Jason Bourgeois wore it during spring training in 2013. He is now the starting third baseman for the San Diego Padres.
Since April 15, 2009, all major league uniformed staff (players, coaches, and managers) and umpires have worn the number 42 on their jerseys to commemorate "Jackie Robinson Day."
Alomar was elected into baseball's Hall of Fame in 2011, and his No. 12 uniform was retired by the Toronto Blue Jays the same year, making his number the only one retired by the Jays other than Jackie Robinson's.
Despite the fact that Ruth only wore the No. 3 for seven seasons, he is still the most decorated player to wear the number. Jimmie Foxx wore No. 3 for the Philadelphia A's and Boston Red Sox for 12 seasons. He also proudly donned No. 3 with the Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins, and Kansas City Royals for 19 seasons.
This season, the Mets will wear a "41" commemorative patch for Tom Seaver on their home and road uniforms, honoring the Hall of Famer who died on Aug. 31. The number "41" has been retired across baseball.
Tom Seaver was one of the greatest pitchers in Mets history, helping lead them to the cusp of the World Series in 1969 and '70. He finished his career with 216 wins, 14 seasons with at least 20 victories, and a record of 69-33 during that span. The "Pitchman" also led the league three times in strikeouts with over 200 batters faced each year from 1967 to 1969. He was an All-Star pitcher in six of his seven seasons with the team and won the National League Cy Young Award in 1968 when he had 33 wins.
After his retirement, Seaver became more involved in politics as an activist against tobacco advertising. He died in August 2001 due to complications from lung cancer.
The Mets have honored other great players after they've retired by wearing their jerseys once again. In 2004, Mike Piazza was brought back into the lineup in honor of his 20th anniversary with the team when he played against his former club, the New York Yankees.